For more than 45 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas has been pairing children ages 6-16
with supportive adult mentors who build friendships and offer encouragement and support to each
child. Their one-to-one mentoring model helps kids facing adversity achieve measurable outcomes
leading to lifelong success. In 2015, their volunteers provided approximately 69,000 hours of mentoring
to almost 1,000 children. More than 98% of those same children stayed in school, improved their grades
and avoided early parenting.
Their agency has been ranked in the top five percent in the nation for program quality (out of 350
agencies), and has been recognized with a Gold Standard Award, an honor that reflects their success.
They are also one of only two agencies nationwide to receive a Pinnacle Award, the highest honor
available from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. In 2013 the agency was recognized as the Austin
“Non-profit of the Year” (medium size) by Greenlights, and in 2015 the agency won the Blackbaud and
Entrepreneur Foundation Greater Austin Chamber “Non-profit Award” for its efforts to serve the
community through collaborative partnerships and impactful programming.
Program: BBBS creates and supports strong and caring relationships between an adult volunteer (Big)
and a child (Little). Their unique model of one-to-one mentoring has a direct and lasting effect on the
lives of young people. Volunteers in the BBBS mentoring program meet with their Little 3-4 times per
month for a minimum of one year. The average BBBS match relationship lasts more than three years.
Priorities: Though BBBS serves any child who needs and wants a mentor, the agency addresses specific
community needs through targeted mentoring initiatives such as:
- Serving children who have been involved with the juvenile justice system
- Serving children of veterans
- Serving middle-school aged children
- Serving children with an incarcerated parent or other family member
Mission: To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-
one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Investment: BBBS is a donor-supported mentoring organization. Your investment provides a safer
community, better prepared workforce and more responsible, productive citizens achieving lifelong
success. Compared to the alternative - $99,000 per year to incarcerate one child in a Texas Youth
Commission facility – our program is a great investment with an excellent return.
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